Dales villagers protect themselves from crime

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Homeowners in rural Derbyshire Dales villages will be given free property marking kits to help protect their possessions from thieves.

Officers from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team will be visiting homes in Glutton Bridge, Crowdicote, Priestcliffe, Priestcliffe Ditch and Blackwell throughout July offering SmartWater kits to residents.

The kits will be used to mark valuable items such as TVs, laptops and even cars with a UV fluid.

This fluid contains a unique code that can be identified under UV light and helps police reunite the owner with those items if they are stolen and recovered.

It can be used to link a criminal with a crime scene, as the unique codes transfer to skin and clothing as well. Warning posters have also been put up in the area as a deterrent to would-be criminals.

The team will be signing residents up to Derbyshire Alert, a free messaging service that keeps people up to date about police and community safety issues.

They will also be carrying out a questionnaire about living in the Derbyshire Dales.

SmartWater kits have been distributed to hundreds of homes across the Derbyshire Dales through funding from the area’s Community Safety Partnership.

To report suspicious activity or if you have any information about crime call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To find out more about SmartWater kits or for crime prevention advice, call 101.